This plant will thrive best with bright, indirect light to help develop the beautiful, pink shaded leaves. While it can tolerate lower light conditions, it needs more light in order to keep its variegation. It is recommend to keep out of direct sunlight.
In summer, water about once a week to keep the soil slightly moist but not soggy. In cooler months, wait until the top of the soil gets dry and then give the plant a deep, thorough soak allowing water to drip out into the saucer. Be sure to choose a pot with drainage holes.
Standard household temperatures are fine for this plant, ideally around 65°F -75°F. Avoid sudden temperature drops and levels below 55°F. This plant enjoy a humid space, so mist the leaves especially if the air in your home is dry or during the hot summer months.
This plant can typically grow to be up to 6'-8' tall indoors. To promote growth, feed your plant once a month from spring - summer with a well-balanced fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter months.
Repotting your rubber tree is essential to allow the plant to grow. It is a fast growing plant so consider repotting every couple of years during spring to allow for new growth or when the roots are pot bound. Choose a new pot that is only 1" larger in size each time you repot and use a well-draining potting mix.
This plant is difficult to propagate but not impossible. To do so, take a stem cutting that is only a few inches long and set aside in a place for the sap to dry for about an hour. After an hour, mix rooting hormone in your potting mix and give each cutting its own pot to grow. Placing a heating pad under the pot will help with success.
Rubber trees are mildly toxic to humans and pets.
About the Ruby Rubber Tree